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    Omega Speedmaster - Auto or Quartz?

    So I've across a used Omega Speedmaster that is in good shape and has piqued my interest. But here's the thing. The watch is quartz.

    Now I'm no watch snob, or at least I don't think I am. But I don't know. I'm torn between purchasing the watch and saying to hell with it being a quartz. Use the savings (between it and an auto) and take the wife out to dinner.

    But on the other hand I'm thinking 'a quartz movement in a higher-end watch? Is it worth it?'?

    Of course the debate of quartz versus automatic has been going on for ages now. And I suppose it does boil down to personal preference. But hey. For the price of a post I figured I'd see what the group thinks.

    Cheers.

    #2
    I’ve never heard of a quartz Speedmaster...
    Ben

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      #3
      Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
      I’ve never heard of a quartz Speedmaster...
      The Soeedmaster Skywalker is quartz...
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        #4
        Omega has made the X-33 for NASA for a number of years. It is quartz with analog hands and multiple timing functions. Looks totally different from the other mechanical/automatic Speedmasters. The Skywalker is the latest version.

        Omega also made a version of their Seamaster diving watches in quartz. These look identical to their auto Seamasters.

        Honestly, these days Omega watches are luxury, not really tool, products for most people. My opinion - feel free to ignore... If you want a tool, get a Casio G-Shock. That’s what real roughhouse/tool users use. If you’re going for luxury or the label, hold out for mechanical/auto...
        Mark

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          #5
          Get the automatic. If it’s too expensive, use the quartz money to buy a different automatic.

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            #6
            I forgot about the X-33. It has always struck me as more of a novelty than a part of the actual Speedmaster family. According to my googling there were also a few digital LCD Speedmasters produced back in the ‘70s-‘80s.

            There’s nothing wrong with quartz, even at luxury prices, if it’s the watch you really want. The quartz versions are definitely much more niche market items, so you just have to decide whether that’s your jam or not.
            Ben

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              #7
              I have a quartz Seamaster, and it's great. I think mechanical watches are a pain in the ass, although I have a couple of those as well.

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                #8
                Nothing wrong with a luxury quartz. Personally I’d love a quartz Grand Seiko. You’re getting a higher quality of finishing and other components as well. I really like mechanical movements but watches are more than their engines.


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                  #9
                  I wouldn't get a quartz version unless it was the watch I wanted, not just because a quartz version of a watch I wanted was cheaper. I own 1 quartz right now and I don't mind the quartz movement at all (actually nice that it doesn't need to be set, since it's a less worn watch in my collection), but I wouldn't seem them growing in number a ton in my collection over time.

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                    #10
                    Quartz is fine, but if I am going after an Omega Speedmaster, I'd much rather have it been automatic.

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                      #11
                      I thought you had a speedy already? For the speedy I'd go with an automatic. The cost savings of quartz isn't worth it unless it's a feature you're specifically looking for.
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
                        I’ve never heard of a quartz Speedmaster...
                        Damn it! Meant SEAmaster...My most humble apologies to the group.

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                          #13
                          The quartz model is a good way to get into a Seamaster for not that much cash; it's a really good looking watch; and no one is going to ask you why you didn't get the automatic, or even know to ask that.

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                            #14
                            I have a limited watch collection. But, I do know wearing an auto vs wearing a quartz makes the most difference in the 6” between my ears. I’ve gotten to the point where I’d prefer not to wear a quartz. I like the intricacies of the auto too much.

                            Just my opinion. But you have lots of nice watches. Haha


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                              #15
                              I think that you should get the watch that you want. If you truly don't mind, or even prefer, the quartz version than get it. I currently own five watches. Two of them are automatics and three are quartz. The most expensive one? It's a quartz Tag Heuer Aquaracer.

                              After owning a few automatics...I don't know that I'd ever spend the money on a nice one. If I truly had money to burn, I certainly would love to own a vintage Speedmaster. But if I had to purchase it, I'd rather save the money by opting for a quartz watch. But that's a decision that only you can make.

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